EUCLID, Ohio (WJW) -- Euclid School Resource Officer Steve Shubert confirmed to the FOX 8 I-Team that police have interviewed the teen believed to have made a threat that led to the closing of Euclid High School on Tuesday.
Officer Shubert said the teen told officials he was joking around and did not mean to threaten anyone.
Euclid police said a student was talking to another when a "tongue and cheek" comment was made about a school shooting that was later reported to a faculty member. Police were alerted about the comment late Monday. However, due to the time of day, they were unable to identify the student prior to the start of school Tuesday.
The district said an investigation determined that "there was no intent from the young person to cause harm to our students or staff."
Only the high school was closed Tuesday as a precaution. School will resume as scheduled on Wednesday.
"The decision to close the high school was not difficult, as the safety of our students and staff are non-negotiable. Our concern for the well-being of all our students, including the young person who made the threat, is at the forefront of every decision made in the district. While we will be pursuing action consistent with Board policy and the law, we will offer the appropriate support to the young person accused of making the threat," Euclid City Schools Interim Superintendent Christopher Papouras said in a statement.
The district said what happened "serves as a reminder to our students to notify an adult of potential concerns within our school district." The use of the Euclid City School District’s Safe Line, 216-797-6998 is encouraged.
Police will now be conferring with juvenile prosecutors about possible charges.